ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said yesterday a strict lockdown could not eliminate the novel coronavirus for it is highly infectious and will continue to spread.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, he said unlike dengue which can go away by killing mosquitoes, Covid-19 will end only after a vaccine is developed. He added countries that enforced strict lockdowns to stem the virus spread saw re-emergence of the disease after relaxation in restrictions.
Asad Umar said the Pakistan People Party (PPP) proposed a six-week-long lockdown to combat the virus.
Had the six-week lockdown been so effective, the virus would have gone away in countries where strict lockdowns were imposed, he pointed out.
He said many countries are coming to realise what Prime Minister Imran Khan has been saying all along about the impact of a lockdown on poor people living on the edge.
He reiterated the government’s resolve to keep the people from going hungry as well as protect them from falling victim to the deadly virus.
“We cannot blindly follow whatever is happening in the US, UK and Europe,” he declared and added, thankfully, Covid-19 cases are lower than projected in the country to date.